The calendar says October, but there hasn’t been the needed cold snap to turn our leaves to the autumn beauty we anticipate. Friday and Saturday did bring some much needed rain, and I was happy to spend the days inside. With some projects finished and others not yet begun, it was a perfect day to clean up and clear out some things. I do want to thank all the readers who emailed me concerned about our well-being with hurricane Matthew churning up the coast. We are very far inland in the western NC mountain area, and only had a couple of days of light rain. The winds picked up just a little, but not bad. There is one tree on the mountainside in the back that is showing some red color, everything else is still green.
The flock of nine wild turkeys seem to have decided our place is good for breakfast and supper, as they are showing up a couple of times a day now. In the afternoon, while they were distracted by the acorns and bugs in the meadow, I crept outside to the veranda with my camera to try to get a good photo of all of them. The trees behind them should be turning beautiful gold and red by now, but are really slow in changing. It has been too warm and dry.
Wild turkeys are a little like meerkats, when they hear something, all of them stop, raise their heads high, and freeze.
I remained motionless, holding the camera and my breath until they relaxed again.
Must be some good pickin’s in that meadow.
I watched them for about 10 minutes, as they moved slowly down the meadow and melted into the forest.
This flock appears to be all females and juveniles. There are two males that come by too, but they are not with this group, at least not yet. I do think that later when it is getting cold, that the two males will join this group. I am pretty sure they did in previous years.
So, we are waiting for Autumn to don her burgundy and gold, for the chill of October and a fire in the fireplace. I am looking forward to wearing a warm sweater, enjoying a bowl of homemade soup with fresh crusty bread on a blustery day, baking with pumpkins and apples, cuddling up with a quilt and reading a good book. For my Canadian readers, Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope you enjoyed the turkey photos I saved for today.
Until Mother Nature cooperates with a show in the trees, keep making your autumn leaf blocks. If you missed Block One with the Aurifil giveaway post, click on Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along. For my northern hemisphere readers, are the trees turning color where you are? For my friends in the southern hemisphere, what is blooming now?